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The San Fernando municipal swimming pool in Maspalomas hosted the demonstration session of the prototypes of the VI edition of the Educational Marine Robotics Workshop (ROV Workshop) with the participation of 56 secondary schools from the Canary Islands and the mainland.

The ROV Workshop was promoted by PLOCAN, the Computer Vision and Robotics Group of the University of Girona, "laCaixa" social charity, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, the Cabildo of Gran Canaria (the Island Government), the Municipal Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana and the Canary Island Research, Innovation and Information Society Agency of the Canary Island Government.

The main purpose of the ROV Workshop is to stimulate vocations among young people for technical and scientific careers by building prototypes at school to foster an approach to submarine robotics practically, in order to arouse their motivation and vocation and their interest in science and technology, and a knowledge of the ocean.

During the academic year, secondary students and their teachers build their remotely-operated submarine robots and they exhibit their vehicles and their skill in handling them in the Submarine Robotics Meeting, held this year in the San Fernando municipal swimming pool.

The exhibition that brought together more than 170 students from 44 schools, 26 from Gran Canaria; 7 from Tenerife; 6 from Fuerteventura; 1 from Lanzarote, 1 from El Hierro, 1 from La Palma and 2 from the mainland..

The ROV Workshop introduces students to science and technology, thus fostering their interest through submarine exploration and robotics. Furthermore, the project seeks to propitiate the imagination of students to take into consideration that ROV’s must respect the marine environment in all its aspects and offer incentives to team work, respecting values and promoting creativity.

The idea is to create small-scale, simple, but usable prototypes using everyday materials. They are given a range of materials to build the models, and the support of experts through a chat room on the PLOCAN EDUROVs web site (edurovs.eu).

The PLOCAN EDUROVs initiative has taken on new elements and the right technological tools for the different levels of education, using a project-based learning method and hardware and software programming platforms and 3D printing to create the robots. This year, the initiative is organised by the project “ROVSTEAM – Developing STEAM skills through Low-Cost Educational Marine Robotics”, in collaboration with the Spanish Science and Technology Foundation (FECyT) – The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, La Caixa Social Charity and the Cabildo of Gran Canaria.

ROVSTEAM Project, in collaboration with:

Integrated observatory

Real Time ESTOC

Glider Missions

Data Portal

PLOCAN Dissemination